Woodworking in Nairobi, Kenya

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Blog series by LukeCan updated 07-22-2019 12:17 AM 3 parts 2914 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Contemplating the move and possibilities

05-30-2018 03:47 PM by LukeCan | 3 comments »

For three years I’ve been trying to do woodworking with only hand tools in a 12’x12’ hot room I share the the Laundry machines and chest freezer of an Apartment in Panama city, Panama (not the Panama City in Florida). I am getting excited though because in 2 months I am moving to a hopefully bigger space. This time in Nairobi, Kenya for a two year posting as a result of my wife’s work. The excitement comes from dream of the possibilities of living in a house (not ap...

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Part 2: Nairobi: The search begins

08-28-2018 01:15 PM by LukeCan | 1 comment »

I’ve arrived in Nairobi. My hand tools are still coming by a slow boat and even slower government paperwork. So no shop setup yet. Now the search begins for supplies (wood, glue, tools etc.). This is proving to be a challenge. Finding the products you want (groceries, clothes, wood) is more like a treasure hunt. You have to find the right store and few if any have any web presence. Things are not organised, or perhaps better to say differently organised, than in North America. First ...

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Part 3: What I have learned in one year in Nairobi

07-22-2019 12:17 AM by LukeCan | 1 comment »

I almost forgot about my blog and this forum until someone responded to a project picture I posted. So for those who are interested and those who move to Nairobi here is what I have learned so far about doing woodworking in Nairobi. 1. There are basically two kinds of wood you can get in Nairobi regularly: Mahogany (sapelle mainly) and Cyprus. Logging is illegal in Kenya at the moment so all the wood comes from Uganda. At least for now. They might ban logging too. 2. Lots of places sell...

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